Coursera learners across China can now earn and purchase Coursera Certificates for on demand courses with ease thanks to an integration with Alipay, China’s leading online payment platform. This announcement corresponds with Coursera reaching one million registered learners in China, the online education provider’s largest market outside of the U.S.
“We strive to put learners first, and provide them with the resources they need to be successful in their academic, personal and professional pursuits. We’ve learned that many of our Chinese learners wish to earn Coursera Certificates, which has been challenging due to payment constraints,” said Coursera’s CEO Rick Levin. “Thanks to an integration with Alipay, all learners can now purchase certificates and share their accomplishments publicly, with employers and friends.”
Previously, Chinese learners had to have access to an international credit card in order to pay the fee necessary to earn a Coursera Certificate, which would allow them to share their achievement on resumes and elsewhere publicly. In fact, Coursera heard stories of Chinese learners borrowing credit cards from their friends abroad in order to make the payment.
Now, learners in China, for the first time, can make payments from any account with just a few clicks on desktop or mobile thanks to Alipay, a leading third-party payment platform from Ant Financial Services Group. With more than 400 million registered users and 200 financial partners, Alipay is helping Coursera to extend its full array of learning resources to a population who greatly values learning achievements. According to an upcoming study Coursera and partner universities conducted around learner outcomes, 90 percent of Chinese learners report seeing career benefits after taking online courses.
Coursera is the first open online education provider to reach one million learners in China and there’s no sign of slowing down. Chinese learners can explore more than 120 courses from local and global universities on a wide variety of topics, offered in Chinese or with subtitles. 10 universities in China are offering courses on Coursera, including Peking University, Nanjing University, and HKUST.
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